My son is going into the 6th grade this week, even though he received all E's on his report cards last year in 5th grade! My son goes to a public school in Michigan and receives Special Need services due to OCD, ADHD and Tourettes Syndrome. At the end of the year, the school Social Worker tested him academically and even though it was a short test, it showed that in some subjects he was at a 7th grade level. The problem is that he is very smart, but can't do the work and hand it in. He just can't seem to keep up with what is required of him. Wouldn't it be more appropriate to have him do the 5th grade over, with extensive help from me and the Social Worker at school, instead of shoving him through to 6th grade without any organizational skills or the ability to complete a single assignment? He is to the point now where in his IEP, they have made an accomodation where he can only print and not be required to write in cursive. His printing is terrible; you can't even understand it, and nobody is even helping to correct this. It doesn't seem that they care about if he will be able to attend college or what kind of life he will end up living. I guess I feel like they are trying to push him through so he will be the Junior High School's problem after this year. He is bullied everyday by the kids in his grade, and seems to get along with kids in the younger grades. Socially, it seems that holding him back would be the best thing for him also. After speaking with his Social Worker at school the last time I spoke with her, she suggested that I look up information on Asperger's Disorder, since my son has the symptoms. I can't believe it! That is my son! He has every sign of this disorder. It also states that many times it is midiagnosed as ADHD, OCD or Tourettes Syndrome. He has failed to mature socially, and he acts younger than my 7 year olds a lot of the time, and this is really causing him to be bullied by the kids his own age. I am in the process of getting the right diagnosis for him, but unfortunately he will start 6th grade before I can even see a Psychologist or Psychiatrist. Does anybody know about my rights in Michigan to hold my son back because he did not master everything that was required in 5th grade? I would appreciate it so much if anyone could please give me any advice at all. Thanks in advance!